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An Interview with Michael Meyer
Michael Meyer, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, discusses his latest book In Manchuria. Working in the groove of many great travel writers, Meyer blends narrative nonfiction, memoir and reportage for an honest look at rural Northeast China (Dongbei, formerly known as Manchuria). Traveling by train and bus across the region in search of its history, which has been largely erased due to the Cultural Revolution, he gives voice to a phenomenon that is sweeping China as villages shift from commune to company town. Meyer has written previously on China in
In Manchuria
Chinese youth who live in the countryside often dream of moving to the city. Conversely, Michael Meyer lived in Beijing but dreamed of moving to Manchuria, the northeastern province of China known locally as Dongbei (rhymes with “wrong way”), where he eventually resided among his wife’s family in a village called Wasteland. With his new book In Manchuria, Meyer uses trains as a vehicular lens through which to see and explore the region’s history. When not teaching English in Wasteland (where students know him as “Professor Plumblossom”), he tours the countryside, searching for traces of history from before the 1950s. But in Manchuria, the past can be hard to come by.